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Rashid Mosavin, PhD
Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, School of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences
School of Pharmacy
Other LLU Classes Outside Of Schedule 
Lecture
 
1/2006 - Present Principles of Management RXSA 646
Course Description RXSA 646, Principles of Management Lecture 3 hour lecture, Credit 3 hours It has been well documented that superb delivery of pharmaceutical services is possible when pharmacists involved are skilled in the principles of managerial sciences. Principles of Management is an introductory course designed to introduce pharmacy students to the five core managerial sciences, namely, human resource management, operations management, marketing, accounting, and finance. Because many pharmacists in managerial positions will have a greater need for human recourse and operation management skills, the course will cover the above two topics in much greater detail than other topics. Each lecture will incorporate ?real life? management cases for discussion followed by lecture on the principles of management topics. Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course the students have a basic understanding in: 1. The role of pharmacist in the US healthcare. 2. Identification of the relationship between practicing pharmacy and running a business. 3. Managerial sciences and their use in pharmacy practice. 4. Defining the term management. 5. Application of management process to personal and professional settings. 6. Time management techniques applied to personal life and professional pharmacy practice. 7. Definition of stress, sources of stress and strategies to manage stress at the workplace. 8. General concepts common to all types of planning. 9. The difference between vision statement and mission statement. 10. In writing and implementing a business plan. 11. In the operations used by a pharmacy to transform its input to output. 12. The importance of information technology and automation in pharmacy practice. 13. Quality assurance, quality control, and continuous quality improvement. 14. Basic components of an organization. 15. Different theories of leadership and how they can be applied to pharmacy practice. 16. The role of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in managing human resource. 17. The importance of human resources management in providing pharmacy services. 18. Critical steps in recruitment and selection of employees. 19. The rationale behind the implementation of a performance appraisal system. 20. Conducting performance appraisal interviews and handling disagreements that may arise during the interview. 21. Characteristics of good customer service. 22. The seven elements to be considered when designing services to exceed customer expectations. 23. Federal legislation dealing with workplace discrimination and equal opportunity. 24. Analysis of balance sheet, income statement, retained earnings statement, and statement of cash flows. 25. Basic principles of third-party reimbursement for prescription drugs. 26. Operational budgets prepared by pharmacy organizations. 27. How corporations finance their activities. 28. Components of personal finance and budgeting. 29. Marketing and its importance for a business and its role in the society. 30. Marketing management process for pharmacies. 31. The importance of inventory management for the financial and operational health of a pharmacy. 32. Value-added pharmacy services and how they are reimbursed. 33. Fundamental pharmacy regulations and the legal environment of current pharmacy practice. 34. Confirmation bias. 35. Steps needed to be taken to minimize medication errors. 36. Management applications in chain pharmacy, independent community, and hospital pharmacy practice.
1/2006 - Present Wall-Street Journal RXSA 750
Course Description Wall Street Journal (WSJ) devotes a large section of the newspaper to health related news. The coverage is divided into five major sections. The sections are: 1) pharmaceutical/biotechnology, 2) Providers/Insurance, 3) Research, 4) Policy, and 5) Medical products. The goal is for students to read all health-related articles and discuss the events that have resulted in news coverage on weekly basis. Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course the students have a basic understanding in: 1. The scope of health care coverage in the US and in the world. 2. Fundamental forces behind the news coverage. 3. Scope of healthcare coverage by WSJ which covers prescription medications, medical devices, corporate governance, marketing, public health, public policy, and law. 4. Art of brief oral presentations in which the student will summarize the article assigned, and will provide necessary background and additional relevant facts. 5. Learning to seek information from sources beyond the assigned article to be able to take a position for or against the arguments made in the article and to be able to defend his/her position during the oral presentation of the article. 6. Understand the scope of health care coverage in the US and in the world.
9/2005 - 12/2007 Public Health and Lifestyles RXSA 545
This is a 3-credit course in which I give 3 hours of lecture on the management of smoking secession and related pharmacotherapy.
9/2004 - 12/2007 Biostatistics/Epidemiology RXSA 640
In all aspects of pharmacy practice, pharmacists are required to keep their knowledge up to date. The information presented in medical and pharmaceutical journals is not always unbiased. Therefore, a basic understanding statistical methodology used by authors is absolutely necessary. RXSA 640 covers the essential topics of biostatistics and epidemiology. It familiarizes students with statistical methods used in the medical literature. In addition it provides the necessary fundamental knowledge and skills for the pharmacy students who are interested in participating and conducting clinical research. Course Objectives: Upon completing RXSA 640 Biostatistics/Epidemiology, the student should be able to: Describe the importance and scope of statistics in medical science. Construct frequency distributions, histograms, and box plots. Understand the relationship between samples and populations. Calculate mean, median, and standard deviation of a given data set. Understand the principles of probability and probability rules for a discrete random variable. Understand the properties of probability distribution function of discrete random variables. Understand the use of Bernoulli distribution and Binomial distribution, and be able to calculate the mean and variance of a Bernoulli and Binomial distributions. Understand the Central Limit Theorem. Approximate the binomial distribution by using normal distribution. Appreciate the difference between standard deviation and standard error. Construct and interpret confidence intervals for means. Determine the appropriate sample size needed to construct valid confidence intervals. Calculate and interpret P-values. Determine conditions under which a t test is valid. Conduct a chi-square goodness-of-fit test. Conduct ANOVA calculations. Construct Scatter plots. Calculate and interpret correlation coefficient. Understand the difference between experimental and observational studies. Understand randomization and its effects on statistical inference. Understand the five basic descriptive measures (risk, prevalence, incidence rate, survival, and case fatality) used in epidemiology. Define evidence-based medicine and principles of randomized controlled clinical trials.
Interactive Teaching
 
4/2005 - 6/2005 RXSA 646 Principles of Management
It has been well documented that superb delivery of pharmaceutical services is possible when pharmacists involved are skilled in the principles of managerial sciences. Principles of Management is an introductory course designed to introduce pharmacy students to the five core managerial sciences, namely, human resource management, operations management, marketing, accounting, and finance. Because many pharmacists in managerial positions will have a greater need for human recourse and operation management skills, the course will cover the above two topics in much greater detail than other topics. Each lecture will incorporate ?real life? management cases for discussion followed by lecture on the principles of management topics.
4/2005 - 6/2005 Special topics in Pharmacy Practice, RXTH 784
I had 10 contact hours of teaching (total was 30 hours)in this course. Description: A great business plan will have to convince venture capitalists of many aspects of the business, especially the financial health of the business over a three to five year period of time. A great business plan will also examine four critical factors. Theses factors are; 1) men and women running the business, 2) the profile of the business, namely, what will the business sell and to whom, 3) factors that may change which are beyond the control of the business such as government regulation, and 4) how will the business respond to things that will go right or wrong throughout the course of the business. In this section of the course we will review certain principles of marketing, finance, and accounting that are essential for writing a business plan. We will also review the above four critical factors.
Administrative Teaching Roles
 
1/2005 - Present Health Systems, Reimbursement, and Pharmacoeconomics
Course Description RXSA 743 Pharmacoeconomics                        Lecture 3 hour lecture, Credit 3 hours This course will present fundamental concepts of health outcomes research and pharmacoeconomic analysis and provide a basic framework to optimize healthcare resource allocation.  Principles of measuring and analyzing costs and outcomes and techniques used to evaluate them across drug treatments will be discussed.  Various interactive group assignments are included to illustrate the methodologies discussed in lecture.  The course will also review current practice guidelines for pharmacoeconomic evaluation.   Course objectives Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to: ·        Define basic components of the American health system, methods of reimbursement for prescription medications, outcomes research, and Pharmacoeconomics. ·        Demonstrate methods of measuring opportunity cost, direct cost, indirect cost, and incremental cost as they relate to drug therapy. ·        Calculate Net Present Value (NPV) and discounting future revenues and costs. ·        Define the basis for patient self-reported health status assessments and the appropriate uses of health assessment instruments. ·        Define the basics of health-related quality of life measurements. ·        Select appropriate data sources for use in health economic research. ·        Describe prevalence-based and incidence-based methods of conducting cost of illness analysis. ·        Describe the steps involved in conducting Cost Minimization Analysis (CMA). ·        Describe the steps involved in conducting Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA). ·        Describe the steps involved in conducting Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA). ·        Describe the steps involved in conducting Cost Utility Analysis (CUA). ·        Describe the methods used to measure utility and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. ·        Describe the steps involved in conducting Decision Analysis. ·        Define methods used in the evaluation of clinical pharmacy services. ·        Describe the evaluation of the steps involved in the formulary decision making process.
9/2004 - 12/2004 Communications and writing skills, RXSA 544
Communication and writing skills are important elements of a successful pharmacy practice. Pharmacists in all clinical, managerial, and retail settings will benefit from acquiring strong written and verbal communicational skills. Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals for the patients and play a vital role in discovering the patients? needs and creating an environment in which the patients understand, and are able to follow their therapy. This course will discuss the fundamentals of verbal and written communications as they relate to the practice of pharmacy. Once we make the realization that communicational skills have no heritable attributes, it becomes clear that these skills are acquired by continued rehearsal. Therefore, the class is designed such that you will have ample opportunity to practice these skills.
Instructional Prep of New Material
 
4/2005 - 6/2005 Health and lifestyles RXSA 545
I had 12 contact hours of teaching (total was 30) in this course. I was also the course coordinator. Course Description: This course will provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the history, theory, and practice of public health science. The RXSA 545 course will also provide the student with an examination of public health systems, discussion of public health issues from local and global perspectives, discussion of the interdisciplinary characteristics of public health, and future developments of public health. Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Discuss the historical development of the public health discipline. 2. Analyze current public system. 3. Discuss basic concepts and theories in public health. 4. Understand the tools for effective interventions and applications in public health. 5. Identify and define interdisciplinary practices or other professional fields related to public health.